St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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Vienna: Classical Concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral

1. Vienna: Classical Concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral

Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in the Austrian capital. Whether you're a music aficionado or simply curious, you're sure to enjoy the tremendous acoustics within the cathedral walls. Choose from famous classical or Christmas shows for an elegant concert in Vienna. Admire the jewels of classical music at St. Stephen's Cathedral, where W. A. Mozart and J. Haydn once played. Listen to the great works of European composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, even during Christmas time (if option selected). Celebrate Schubert's 225th birthday with a fitting performance in his beautiful hometown. Commemorate the 175th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn’s death with a performance of his oratorio about the story of the biblical prophet Elijah, one of the composer's best-known works. Listen to a concert on the new Giant Organ (if organ concert option selected) with mighty sounds from more than 12,000 pipes, one of the biggest organ units of Europe. Hear world-class organists play a wide-ranging program with masterful virtuosity in the central nave of the church.

Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

2. Introducing Vienna Part 2: Courtyards & Mysterious Places

Discover the hidden parts of the historical center of Vienna and learn more about the city’s courtyards and their legends. Listen to the many stories of Vienna as you stroll through narrow streets to lesser-known places in the city. Explore many famous highlights of Vienna that you will see during the tour. See Stephansplatz, Mozart’s final residence, Ballgasse, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Admire Palais Neupauer-Breuner and the Deutsche Haus, and stroll along Blutgasse and Domgasse. Learn more about St. Stephen’s Cathedral, traditional Viennese cuisine, and the house "Where the cow plays on the board" before exploring the old university district, the Jesuit Church, and the old city wall. This tour continues on from Part 1 provided by the same tour operator. However, it is not a problem if you have not taken part in the first tour beforehand.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join a highly personal and educational tour of Vienna Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with the spectacular sights! During this tour, you will see the best-selected highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Next, head to the city hall Rathaus, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built using some 30 million bricks. You will also see the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt. Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and luxurious shops of the spectacular Old Town, you will find the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Then at Stephansplatz, you will visit Austria's most prominent national symbol - St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures. This will be an unforgettable experience for sure. Pick to 3-hour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, you will be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding. Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, you will see more amazing sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Pick the 4-hour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, you will find secular and religious treasures collected by Austrian emperors over the last 1000 years. Among its treasures are the Imperial Crown, Holy Lance, and Order of the Golden Fleece. Your Private Guide will share fascinating stories about the Austrian Empire and its wealth. The 6-hour tour will give you a full experience of Vienna Old Town with a visit to the mecca of Austrian history and culture - Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence and government center of the Habsburg emperors, you will discover the treasures of the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection. Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. See personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of extravagant silver, porcelain & crystal-glass tableware from Bohemia. Immerse yourself in the imperial wealth!

Vienna: Ghosts and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

4. Vienna: Ghosts and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

Embark on a guided city walking tour of Vienna at night and uncover the dark legends that lurk behind each corner. See city highlights, including Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. With your guide, walk by the walls of the Hofburg Palace past the Augustinian Church and follow in the footsteps of ancient legends and suspicious characters who came before. Continue to Neuer Markt, and hear unnerving tales of strange occurrences. Explore the Blutgasse district, one of the oldest parts of the city center, and scout out haunted buildings. Learn about Vienna's history of vampires and witches and how it played a role in the beginning of the “Dracula” novel. Finish your night tour at the legendary St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

5. Vienna: Secrets of the St. Stephan's Cathedral

The famous St. Stephan's Cathedral is a must-do for everyone who is in Vienna and it is probably the most iconic landmark in this beautiful city. But this means that everyone wants to visit the inside of the Church. This tour allows you to discover an alternative side to Vienna's most famous landmark. On this tour, you will visit the parts of the church, which are usually not accessible to the public. Meet your guide in front of the church and, after some general information about this incredible building, set out to discover the secret parts of the building. Find out some secret facts about the church itself and visit the catacombs before heading up to the attic — which is normally not publically accessible — and the unique rooftop. On the rooftop and inside the attic you will have the chance to take fantastic pictures in all directions, both from the inside and the outside. In addition, to get to the attic you will walk through a hidden tunnel and staircase. Of course, the guide will be by your side to show you the way and to tell you the best stories and myths about St. Stephans Cathedral.

Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

6. Vienna: 3-Hour Danube Cycle Path Bike Tour & Sightseeing

Experience the capital of Austria on two wheels, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the most famous sights and ride in between them on a well-maintained bike path. Meet your local guide at the meeting point, strap on your bike and start your adventure with an informative introduction about Vienna. Cycle through the Prater, marvel at the Ferris wheel, and listen to entertaining stories about the former royals. Ride along the Danube Cycle Path to the extraordinary architectural creations of Hundertwasser. Discover the Ringboulvard to get a glimpse of the city's imperial history. Enjoy a stop in front of several fascinating historical sites to learn the entertaining stories behind them. Take photos to capture your unforgettable memories of Vienna's landmarks such as the Opera House, City Hall, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Cycle back through the multicultural, gastronomically and artistically outstanding Leopoldstadt and get more local hits, tips, and ideas from the staff for the rest of your stay

Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the North Tower at St Stephen’s Cathedral, then begin the tour with a visit to the Jewish Museum. From here, explore the Old Jewish Quarter and learn about the history, hardships, and culture of the Jewish community in Vienna. As you explore the neighborhood's charming cobblestone streets, hear about the lives of famous former residents, including Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler. Highlights of the tour also include the city's oldest synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Vienna’s Jewish history and culture.

Vienna: Medieval Legends City Exploration Game

8. Vienna: Medieval Legends City Exploration Game

Explore Vienna's medieval past by embarking on a quest on a mobile phone app. Uncover Vienna's history in a unique way by solving riddles and following clues to complete your challenge. Download the free Questo app on to your mobile phone and begin your self-guided tour at the starting point. Then, head off to discover Vienna's taverns and narrow medieval streets. Unearth traces of the greatest tragedy in Vienna's history, the plague, as you are guided by the bizarre story of the city's most famous balladeer, Marx Augustin. Learn more about the man locals call Lieber Augustin (Dear Augustin) because of his charming humor in bitter times. Unlock secret stories of the places you visit every time you solve a clue or riddle. Upon the successful solution of a clue, you will receive exact directions to the next location, removing the need for a map, GPS, or guide for your city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Crimes Guided Walking Tour

9. Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Crimes Guided Walking Tour

Explore the dark side of Vienna and uncover the hidden histories lurking behind every corner. Hear the infamous legends from your professional guide as you pass historical monuments with eery secrets. Visit the Palais Bathory, home of the infamous Elizabeth Bathory. Learn about her many deeds and how she bathed in the blood of virgins, earning her the name the "Bloody Countess." Turn a corner and arrive at the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, famous for its medieval crypts and tombs that hide a sinister past. Continue to the Himmelpfortgasse in the first district, known for its bloody history. Uncover the dark histories behind over ten locations in Vienna and hear the bloodcurdling crimes, many of which were committed by historical Viennese nobles.

Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

10. Vienna: The City's Top 10 and Their Secrets Walking Tour

No matter if you are a first-time visitor or have passed through Vienna before, a guided walking tour will help you discover more of the splendor of the city. While you visit some of Vienna’s most stunning sights, this tour will help you discover some of the secrets of the city — stories told that are unknown even to most locals.  Marvel at the opulent grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the leaders of the Habsburg dynasty. Gaze at the unique roofing of Vienna’s most famous cathedral, St. Stephen’s. Learn the macabre history of the Pestsäule, a column erected to commemorate Viennese victims of the black plague. All the while, uncover the underground history of these well-known places from your expert guide.

Planning Your Visit

  • Climb atop Steffl

    Throughout history, St. Stephen's south tower, "Steffl," served as a watch post to guard the city. Though unused since 1955, the watch room still exists and is open to visitors. It's a steep climb up 343 steps, but those up to the challenge are rewarded with the most spectacular views of the entire city.

  • Visit the catacombs

    St. Stephen's fascinating catacombs should not be missed. However, note that it's necessary to book a guided tour in order to visit the catacombs.

  • Attend mass

    St. Stephen's regularly hosts mass, open to the public. The schedule of mass times is listed on their website.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday to Saturday, 6:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday 7:00AM to 10:00PM. Tour hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00AM to 11:30AM, 1:00PM to 4:30PM and Sunday 1:00PM to 4:30PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    While it's free to enter, general and catacomb tours, as well as transportation options and packages will cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With over 800 years of history to cover, a guide is a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U1 or U3 train to Stephansplatz and it's a short walk to the Cathedral.
  • Additional information

    • You may bring your own guide, but please make sure it's during tour hours so as not to disrupt those worshipping.

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What people are saying about St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,097 reviews

Horst is the guide with the most. He showed us around Vienna for three very entertaining and informative hours and made an effort to connect with all of the riders personally. Truly a lovely experience, that gave us a good lay of the land and an understanding of the history and culture of Vienna and how to get around. Thank you Horst!

Lisa was incredibly knowledgeable about Vienna’s history, was an captivating story teller, and introduced us to parts of Vienna we hadn’t known! We go on ghost tours every where we go and between New Orleans, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin this was the best! Thank you Lisa and we’ll recommend you to all of our friends!

Not only because it was 30° warm that day, but also thanks to guide Annette Schminke, who presented us with a relaxed, always confident and experienced presentation of this beautiful city and its lovely people, the bike tour was the right decision and a forgettable experience . Again any time!

It is a great experience to cycle through Vienna and discover the city. Horst in particular made the tour even more interesting with his funny but really informative sayings.

it was one of the best city tours i have ever had.